Christopher Gozum is an independent Filipino filmmaker currently working as a medical videographer and video editor in the Middle East. He was born in the town of Bayambang, province of Pangasinan in the northern Philippines.
Gozum studied B.A.Film in the University of the Philippines and he is an alumnus of the 2006 Asian Film Academy (AFA) fellowship program in Busan, South Korea. He received the Palanca Awards for Literature for his two full-length plays in 2001 and 2002.
Gozum’s independent films have won awards and received citations in the Philippines and abroad including the Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for Alternative Film and Video (2005), as well as the Best Short Film (2007), the Ishmael Bernal Award for Most Outstanding Young Filipino Filmmaker (2008), the Lino Brocka Grand Prize (2009) and the Best Director Award (2009), all in the Cinemanila International Film Festival. Currently, he is a recipient of the 2013 Ani ng Dangal Award for Cinema conferred by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in the Philippines.
Anacbanua (The Child of the Sun) which he produced and directed, is the first feature-length film in the Pangasinan language. The film received the Prix des Signes in the Cinema In Transgression section of the 10th International Festival Signes de Nuit in Paris. Anacbanua also received citations from Filipino film bloggers and film critics as one of the best Filipino films in 2009 and one of the 100 Philippine modern movie classics. His second feature-length Pangasinan film Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) also received citations from Filipino film bloggers and film critics as one of the top ten Best Filipino Films of 2011.
Gozum’s digital films have been screened at international film festivals and new media art platforms all over the Philippines, as well as in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore, Bandung, Jakarta, Busan, Jeonju, Chennai, Mumbai, Sydney, Honolulu, San Francisco, Toronto, Patras, Paris, Osnabrueck, Prague, Edinburgh, Madrid, and Kyoto.
In 2007, Gozum founded his film company Sine Caboloan committed to producing cutting edge independent films about the Pangasinan province and its’ people in the homeland and in the diaspora. He advocates for the revitalization of Pangasinan’s language and culture through independent cinema. Currently, Gozum is developing a one-acre site in his hometown of Bayambang called Ligliwa Gardens into an integrated organic farm and food forest that will serve the following functions: an arboretum of Philippine medicinal plants and Philippine native forest trees ; a permaculture-inspired site for sustainable living ; and headquarters for his independent film company Sine Caboloan.
Presently, Gozum has completed a new feature-length experimental documentary film called Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) between 2011 to 2012. He is also preparing for two new independent film projects namely Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931 (The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931), a feature-length experimental film, and Luyag ‘Da’ra’y Anino (A Kingdom of Shadows), a feature-length narrative film.